- Symphony No. 40 in g minor, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Choose Other Routes, by Jim O’Leary featuring jazz trumpet master Paul Tynan
- Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saëns and featuring piano soloists Frances McBurnie and Dr. Frances Gray, with narration by Patrick Ledwell.
The PEI Symphony is delighted to partner with Cedar’s Eatery with the latest edition of our popular “Symphony and Supper” special offer. Bring two ticket stubs from the February 10th concert, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée. Offer valid Sunday February 10th from 4pm to 11pm or Monday February 11th all day, at Cedar’s Eatery at 81 University Avenue.[/learn_more]
On Sunday April 14th the PEI Symphony Orchestra will present a concert celebrating Mozart, Canadian composers and the career and contributions of PEISO Conductor James Mark. This concert will be Dr. Mark’s last leading the PEI Symphony as Music Director. After more than twelve years of inspired leadership, and many more years of inestimable contributions to the PEISO, James Mark is retiring, and will become ‘Conductor Emeritus ‘ for the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
As the PEISO’s Music Director since 2000, James Mark has masterfully lead the PEISO’s dedicated and gifted musicians, shaping the musical collaboration to a high level of artistic excellence and professionalism befitting the premiere orchestra of a provincial capital. Thanks to his talents and musicality, PEI audiences have enjoyed years of wonderful orchestral performances and his flair for concert programming that fostered in PEISO performers both young and mature, while providing orchestral music with great appeal.
On the program for this concert, Dr. Mark will lead the orchestra to perform Mozart’s very popular “Symphony No. 40 in g minor”, often called the “Great G Minor Symphony”. One of his most admired works, this tragic and emotional work is one of only two that Mozart wrote in a minor tonality, and has been described as “a work of passion, violence and grief” by Charles Rosen in The Classical Style.
Also on the program, the orchestra welcomes guest artist Patrick Ledwell as narrator for Camille Saint-Saëns’ multimedia work “Carnival of the Animals”; an early example of poetry set to orchestral music, and a brilliant example of the composers’ ability to musically describe his animal subjects so the audience can visualize them. For this work, the PEISO is delighted to welcome back two of our finest piano soloists: Dr. Frances Gray and Frances McBurnie. French composer Saint-Saëns penned this suite as entertainment for his friends and family and never meant for the piece for public consumption, but it certainly has become a global fan favourite. “A kangaroo can jump incredible. It has to jump because it’s edible!” Saint-Saëns’ motifs musically describe creatures ambling across the stage: lions, hens, wild asses, tortoises, an elephant, and the kangaroos skipping along to the pianos.
Jim O’Leary, the PEI Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence will see the world premiere of his latest work. A departure from his previous works, “Choose Other Routes” has been written for the acclaimed jazz trumpet performer Paul Tynan, who will be its featured soloist. O’Leary has dedicated this work to retiring music director James Mark. According to Jim “the only honest attitude of an artist is to express himself, to bring something in which one really believes. Because to follow the tastes of other people, to try to please them, it’s a false direction.” – Witold Lutoslawski.
The PEI Symphony is delighted to partner with Cedar’s Eatery with the latest edition of our popular “Symphony and Supper” special offer. Bring two ticket stubs from the April 14th concert, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée. Offer valid Sunday April 14th from 4pm to 11pm or Monday April 15th all day, at Cedar’s Eatery at 81 University Avenue.
To help make it easy for families to enjoy the beauty and power of live orchestral music, the PEI Symphony continues to offer discounted tickets for children and students at $15 for any seat in the house.
Celebrate your PEI Symphony!